Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated prominent former politician and businesswoman, Hannah Awolowo,on her 98th birthday.
"I want to warmly on behalf of myself, my family and all Nigerians wish our mother a most glorious birthday anniversary. Mama, you have inspired millions of people around the world. Your sterling qualities of honesty
and dedication have been qualities that womanhood will be proud of. To me, the service and greatness Chief Obafemi Awolowo left as great legacies was made possible by the dedicated partnership that you offered. Mama, I wish you many more years of great leadership and service to Nigeria. Happy birthday mama! May the Lord Almighty bless you for us," the President stated.
Awolowo (née Adelana) was born to a modest family in the small Ikenne community of Ogun State in 1915.Her husband famously referred to her as his "jewel of inestimable value."
A successful businesswoman and astute politician, she was the First Lady of the old Western Region. She played an active role in the politics of the Western Region.
She became the first Nigerian distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1957 and was the first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria.
- CAJ News